How to Combat Jet Lag Like a Pro (According to Flight Attendants)

Dana Covit

Drink up

Hydrating is key to feeling healthy when you step off the plane (and no, alcohol and coffee do not count). In fact, the experts suggest you steer clear of caffeine after 3 p.m. Instead, opt for plenty of water and give your bod a fighting chance of feeling fresh when you arrive to your destination.

Take a nap

“If you’re tired, just sleep,” one of the flight attendants told Huffington Post. That's a credo we can get behind. To ensure you're not awake and looking for dinner circa 4 a.m., sneak in a nap right when you arrive, but do your best to keep it short.

Don't forget to eat

If you go to bed hungry, your body may rudely wake you up at an awkward time . To ensure you get a good night's sleep when it counts, make sure to eat all of the appropriate meals, even if you're all turned around as to what meal you're supposed to be having.

Be realistic about flights

Some of us have mastered the infamous redeye flight, some of us fidget all the way through the night. Don't get down on yourself, but do be realistic about what works best for you. Though it can be temptingly convenient to fly overnight and arrive to your destination first thing in the morning, you won't reap any of the benefits of that timing if you haven't slept and are in full zombie-mode. 

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For more best practices for overcoming jet lag, head to Huffington Post. Then tell us: What are you best tips for getting over jet lag? 

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